Wentworth Family papers
Collection Scope and Content
This collection contains biographical information on Hazel and John Wentworth, as well as personal papers, correspondence, publications and programs.
- Creation: 1902-1926, undated
- Wentworth family (Family)
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Historical or Biographical Note
The Wentworth Papers collection contains a rich genealogic history of both Hazel and John Wentworth, the couple who are its primary focus, and what appears to be a collection of Hazel's personal papers. Unfortunately the collection's donor record could not be found thus little information is known about the Wentworths except that contained within the collection. However by combining this information with Hazel Wentworth's obituary (Washington Post 11/12/98) and the information presented in The Washington Theatre Club collection, also held by George Washington University, enough is known to present a brief biographical sketch for Hazel Wentworth. Hazel H Wentworth was born to Sherman and Myrna Hupper in Melrose MA, circa 1906. She graduated from Smith College in 1930 and moved to Washington DC sometime in the late 1940s. During the 1950s, she taught learning-disabled children in the DC public schools and at the Kingsbury Center. In 1957 she founded the Washington Theatre Club in Georgetown with her husband John Wentworth. The Theatre Club focused on introducing new productions, playwrights and performers and also housed a drama school to provide training for all ages and interaction with professional performers and directors. (For additional information on the Theatre Club please see the Washington Theatre Club collection.) In 1981 Hazel moved to Maine but returned to the DC area in 1989. At some point she and John Wentworth had two daughters, Rebecca and Karen, but the couple was later divorced. Hazel died of cancer on November 12, 1998 at Iliff Nursing Home in Dunn Loring.
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Language of Materials
Collection contains biographical information on Hazel and John Wentworth, as well as personal papers, correspondence, publications and programs.
Organized into four series: Hazel H. Wentworth genealogy, John B Wentworth genealogy, Hazel Wentworth, and Miscellaneous.
- Guide to the Wentworth Family papers, 1902-1926, undated
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Finding aid written in English